On Monday, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was burning, and people around the world mourned along with Parisians for the loss of the landmark.
Ubisoft understands the magnitude of the loss for those in Paris and across the globe, and as such is doing its part to stand in solidarity with those in the city and everyone moved by the "devastation" caused by the fire. That's why the company will be donating €500,000 to help with restoration and reconstruction efforts on the Cathedral and encourage others to donate as well, as announced via the official Ubisoft blog.
In addition, Assassin's Creed Unity will be given away for free on PC via Uplay PC. If you're interested in trying the game out free of charge, you can go ahead and pick it up now. There's no indication, however, of how long it will be up for grabs.
"Notre Dame is an integral part of Paris, a city to which we are deeply connected. Seeing the monument in peril like this affected us all," wrote Ubisoft on its official blog.
"When we created Assassin's Creed Unity, we developed an even closer connection with this incredible city and its landmarks – one of the most notable elements of the game was the extraordinary recreation of Notre Dame." It's true. Players can walk inside the monument and scale the building as well. It's a very impressive recreation and an even more important one now that the original building has been damaged.
"Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined. We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture," wrote Ubisoft.
It's definitely a loss for everyone around the world – and hopefully with Ubisoft's efforts the rest of everyone affected can begin to heal.